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Roll Your Own Automatic Markdown Journal With IFTTT, Drafts, Instagram And Dropbox [How To]

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It mightn’t look like much, but this will be the best journal you ever kept.

There are many, many ways to keep a journal using your various iDevices, or paper, or even — if you’re desperate — your Android phone. (Kidding — a sharpie turns the back of any Android handset into the perfect paper-emulation device.) But they tend to be either high on effort — manually writing up everything yourself — or somewhat proprietary, keeping all your info inside an app or service.

But thanks to the ever-amazing internet automating service IFTTT (If This Then That), and some new channels, it’s now possible to roll your own plain-journal, pulling from various sources automatically. And it even includes pictures, which is quite a trick for plain text.

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How To Give Your iPhone A Working Smart Cover, Just Like The iPad

How To Give Your iPhone A Working Smart Cover, Just Like The iPad

The iPhone finally gets a working Smart Cover.

We’re huge fans of the new SurfacePad case from TwelveSouth. It’s just like a Smart Cover, with just one drawback: it doesn’t turn your iPhone on and off automatically when you open it or close it.

We hated that, so we figured out a way to turn the SurfacePad, or any other wallet-style iPhone case, into a working Smart Cover just like the iPad has. The hack doesn’t take much work, and you’ll save yourself from having to unlock your iPhone every time you just want to check something really quick.

Here’s how to do it:

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How To Watch Netflix In Your iPad From Any Country In The World [How To]

How To Watch Netflix In Your iPad From Any Country In The World [How To]

Oh yes… COME to daddy.

Don’t use a computer any more? Hate “pirating” TV shows and movies? Wish that your country had something as awesome as Netflix so you could pay and stream everything to your iPad mini? Read on, because you can do just that, and it is dead easy – all you need is a credit card and maybe a half hour to get things set up.

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Everything You Need To Know To Get Ready For The iOS 6.1 Jailbreak [How-To]

A new jailbreak is waiting in the wings.

Time to get ready.

The next big jailbreak is about to drop, and it will unchain nearly every iOS device Apple sells running the newly released iOS 6.1. We’re only a few days away from the 6.1 jailbreak now, and most bets are for a Sunday release.

There are a couple things you need to do before you jailbreak your device. Good thing Cult of Mac has you covered. Here is everything you need to know to get ready for the upcoming iOS 6.1 jailbreak:

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iTunes 11 Walkthrough [Video]

iTunes 11 Walkthrough [Video]

After being delayed a month, Apple finally launched iTunes 11 today, a complete rethinking of iTunes as we know it. Ditching much of the bloat that accompanied iTunes 9 and 10, iTunes 11 brings many iOS-inspired features over to the Mac. In this video, we’ll walk you through iTunes 11’s new interface.

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The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide For Gifting Apple Products [Holiday Shopping Guide]

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide For Gifting Apple Products [Holiday Shopping Guide]

There’s a good chance you can think of someone who plans on giving an Apple product this holiday season. Apple has rolled out its own Holiday Gift Guide and has its own gifting information page, which details the basics about gifting Apple products. If you’re looking for a little more assistance when shopping for Apple products then this guide is for you. Here we offer some simple tips to help the average holiday shopper save time and money when gifting Apple products.

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How To Cheat And Use Strategy To Beat Your Friends At Letterpress

How To Cheat And Use Strategy To Beat Your Friends At Letterpress

Do you know that this was even a word?

Chances are you’ve heard of a game that’s like Words with Friends mixed with Scrabble and SpellTower. It has been taking Game Center by storm, and it’s called Letterpress.

Developed by Tweetie’s Loren Brichter, Letterpress is good, simple fun. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be tricky. Unless you’re a wordsmith and decent strategist, it can be difficult to efficiently use all of the letters on the game’s board to your advantage.

Here’s how to master (and yes, even cheat at) Letterpress:

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How To Use Alfred As A Snippet Manager [How-To] [liveblog]

How To Use Alfred As A Snippet Manager [How-To] [liveblog]

Alfred does an excellent job of basic snippetery

App and file launcher, search helper, and all-round work of genius Alfred has all sorts of tricks up its sleeves. One of those is a clever built-in text snippets manager.

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How To Make A Minimal iPad Lap Desk [How-To]

How To Make A Minimal iPad Lap Desk [How-To]

Even a small desk is spacious when you use an iPad.

Regular readers will know that I now do all my work using an iPad. Don’t worry, I’m not going to go over the technical details again.

But I will tell you about this excellent new lap desk I have. Better than that, I made it myself, so follow along to see how you can make your own.

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Use iOS Notification Center Tweetbox As A System-Wide Note-Taking Shortcut, No Jailbreak Required

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For the most part, iOS’ “multitasking” does a great job of letting you get things done, and many of the apps you’d switch out to on the desktop to perform another task (mail, finding and using a photo) are accessible from the share-sheets within the iOS apps themselves.

But there’s one thing that constantly bugs me, especially as a user of Launchbar on OS X: There’s no way to make a quick note and save it without leaving the current application. But using a mixture of Twitter, iOS 6, Notification Center, and web services If This Then That (IFTTT) and Dropbox, you can roll your own.

And while the setup takes a little work, once it’s up and running it really is a helluva useful little hack.

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